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Trenton Teapot Festival Perks Up Business

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

Teapot Week is here. It is an event Trenton residents look forward to every year - especially local business owners.

People from all over the world come to Trenton for the annual festival, but residents said their out-of-town visitors do more than just check out the teapot museum.

"The items in here are so different, that if they're going to get them, they're going to get them during Teapot Week," said Berlynne Holman, an artist with Court Square Arts & Antiques.

Trenton's annual Teapot Festival started Friday, and city officials said so far they have had the best turnout in recent years, especially after rain the past two years.

This is the first time they are hosting "Bach's Lunch," where residents can eat their lunch and enjoy a free concert.

"It helps us get people in here so that they know what we do. You get a lot of traffic, but we get a lot of traffic from out of town," said Linda Gardner, also an artist with Court Square Arts & Antiques.

According to the Gibson County Chamber of Commerce, between 5,000 and 8,000 people typically line the streets for the grand parade, but this year, they are expecting up to 10,000.

Residents welcome the crowds. They believe it is good for business.

"It happens every year, and a lot of people come back again, so it helps us greatly," Gardner said. "We sell a lot more during that period of time."

Mayor Tony Burriss said the city hopes to get a 10 to 20 percent increase in sales from this week.

Artists with Court Square Arts & Antiques said Teapot Fest is one of their busiest times of year.

"It's the best week of the year. It beats Christmas," Holman said.

A different artist will perform at 12 Noon for Bach's Lunch each day through Friday.

The Teapot Festival Grand Parade is Saturday at 10 a.m.
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